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PTSD Patients Can Now Access Medical Marijuana in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota residents who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are now eligible to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program.

Late last year state officials announced that PTSD would be added to the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana starting August 1, 2017.

To date, over 100 patients suffering from PTSD have completed the registration and certification process, state officials say, and many more are expected to register with the program.

In 2015, intractable pain was added to the list of qualifying conditions for Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, which now includes the following ailments and conditions:

  • Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea
    or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting.
  • Glaucoma.
  • HIV/AIDS.
  • Tourette Syndrome.
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy.
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including
    those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease.
  • Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less
    than one year
  • Intractable pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Patient advocates continue to work with state officials add even more conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease to the program, which has been criticized as being one of the most limited medical marijuana programs in the country.

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US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients

US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The amendment prohibits the use of federal funds to interfere with medical cannabis patients and programs that are in compliance with state medical […]

US Senate Committee Stands Up for Medical Marijuana Patients | The Daily Chronic


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New Jersey Could Soon Expand Qualifying Conditions for Medicinal Marijuana

New Jersey Could Soon Expand Qualifying Conditions for Medicinal Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

TRENTON, NJ — On Tuesday, the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel made initial recommendations to the Health Commissioner to approve chronic pain, migraine, anxiety and Tourette’s Syndrome as qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program. “We are glad to see that the panel took the testimony of experts and the petitions of New […]

New Jersey Could Soon Expand Qualifying Conditions for Medicinal Marijuana | The Daily Chronic


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Massachusetts High Court: Patient Fired for Medical Marijuana Use Can Sue for Discrimination

BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts’ highest court ruled on Monday that a medical marijuana patient could sue her former employer for discrimination after being fired for testing positive for the substance in a drug test.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected the argument made by Advantage Sales and Marketing that the patient, Christina Barbuto, could not sue for discrimination because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, even though it is authorized in Massachusetts.

According to attorneys, Barbuto was fired after her first day on the job because she tested positive for marijuana, for which she was an authorized patient under Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program.

Barbuto’s doctor had certified her for medical marijuana use as an appetite stimulant.  Barbuto suffers from Chron’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome, and suffers from a loss of appetite as a side effect of the two ailments.

In the unanimous 6-0 decision, the court ruled that if a doctor determines that medical marijuana is the most effective treatment for a debilitating condition, employers must make an exemption to their drug policy to provide “reasonable accommodation” to the employee.

“The fact that the employee’s possession of medical marijuana is in violation of federal law does not make it per se unreasonable as an accommodation,” Chief Justice Ralph Gants wrote in the decision.

The court noted that while marijuana is still illegal under federal law, only the employee, not the company, would be at risk for prosecution under federal law for her marijuana use.

“This is the highest court in Massachusetts recognizing that the use of medically prescribed marijuana is just as lawful as the use of any prescribed medication,” said attorney Matthew Fogelman, who represented Barbuto.

Medical marijuana has been authorized in Massachusetts since a 2012 voter approved referendum.  In 2016, voters went one step further, legalizing the adult use of marijuana for anyone 21 years old or older.  Marijuana possession is a decriminalized civil offense for those under 21 who do not possess a medical marijuana authorization.

Medical marijuana advocates hailed the decision, saying the ruling represents a major win for patients rights and could set a precedent for those in other states where medical marijuana is authorized under state law.

“Patients should never have to choose between their heath and their job and for the first time, a court has acknowledged that they shouldn’t have to,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said.

“It is our hope that courts in other jurisdictions begin to apply this same rationale to patients as well as to all adults who are using cannabis responsibly off-the-job in compliance with the laws of their states.”

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Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

BOSTON, MA — State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued Monday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make exceptions to their substance abuse policies in instances where employees are using cannabis at home to treat a debilitating condition.

“The fact that the employee’s possession of medical marijuana is in violation of federal law does not make it per se unreasonable as an accommodation,” he wrote.

The defendant in the case was fired on her first day on the job for testing positive for carboxy-THC on a company drug test. The former employee possessed a doctor’s recommendation to use cannabis to treat symptoms of Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

Qualified patients may legally obtain cannabis in Massachusetts under a 2012 voter-initiated law.

The unanimous verdict reverses a lower court decision and is contrary to rulings in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. In each of those states, the supreme courts ruled that employees had no legal protections if they were fired without cause for their state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis.

“Patients should never have to choose between their heath and their job and for the first time, a court has acknowledged that they shouldn’t have to,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said. “It is our hope that courts in other jurisdictions begin to apply this same rationale to patients as well as to all adults who are using cannabis responsibly off-the-job in compliance with the laws of their states.”

The case is Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC.

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Delaware Governor Signs Bill Making it Easier to Get Medical Marijuana for PTSD

DOVER, DE — Delaware residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, will now have an easier time obtaining medical marijuana to treat their symptoms.

While PTSD was already a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Delaware, Senate Bill 24, which was signed into law Wednesday by Governor John Carney, removes a requirement that patients needed to visit a psychiatrist in order to be certified for medical marijuana use.

Now, like patients suffering from other qualifying conditions, patients suffering from PTSD can now get their medical marijuana certification from any physician.

Senate Bill 24, also known as the Bravery Bill, was sponsored by Sen. Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington).  As introduced, the will would have also allowed patients suffering from anxiety disorders access to medical marijuana, but that language was removed from the final bill.

The change to Delaware’s medical marijuana law takes effect immediately.

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New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation, House Bill 160, to expand the pool of patients eligible to engage in cannabis therapy. The new law, which takes effect August 27, 2017, permits physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and/or moderate to severe post-traumatic stress. The Governor had previously signed legislation […]

New Hampshire Adds New Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic


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Lawsuit Challenges Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

Representatives of Florida for Care filed litigation Thursday challenging a statewide ban on medical cannabis smoking.

The suit was expected after lawmakers approved legislation (SB 8A) in June amending Amendment 2 — a voter initiated constitutional amendment permitting the use and distribution of medical cannabis. Seventy-one percent of voters approved the amendment in November.

Senate Bill 8A amends the definition of medical cannabis in a manner that prohibits “marijuana in a form for smoking” and that bars the personal possession of herbal cannabis flowers, except in instances where they are contained “in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping.”

The Florida for Care suit argues that these changes inconsistent with the constitutional definition of marijuana, as passed by voters, and therefore should not be implemented.

The lawsuit argues, “Inhalation is a medically effective and efficient way to deliver tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and other cannabinoids, to the bloodstream. … By redefining the constitutionally defined term ‘medical use’ to exclude smoking, the Legislature substitutes its medical judgment for that of ‘a licensed Florida physician’ and is in direct conflict with the specifically articulated Constitutional process.”

Under the revised law, patients diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis — or who suffer from chronic pain related to any of these diseases — are eligible to receive a 70-day supply of cannabis-infused oils or edible products from a limited number of state-licensed dispensing facilities.

NORML has long argued against regulations that limit or prohibit patients’ access to whole-plant cannabis in lieu of cannabis-derived extracts or pills.

Cannabis inhalation is not associated with increased instances of lung cancer, COPD, or other tobacco-related adverse effects on pulmonary function.

Inhaled cannabis is fast acting and permits patients to accurately self-regulate their dose.

By contrast, non-herbal forms of cannabis possess delayed onset and their effects can often be far less predictable than those of herbal cannabis.

Many patients seeking rapid relief of symptoms do not benefit from pills, tinctures, or edibles, and such restrictions unnecessarily limit patients’ choices.

If the court invalidates SB 8A, the task of writing the rules for implementing the initiative — which must be operational by October — will fall to the Florida Department of Health.

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Lawsuit Filed in Florida Challenging Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

The Orlando attorney behind Florida’s 2016 successful Amendment 2, which passed with over 70 percent of the vote, has filed a lawsuit that would give patients the right to smoke marijuana in their homes.

John Morgan, who largely financed the medical marijuana campaign, filed the lawsuit in Leon County Circuit Court on Thursday, challenging a smoking ban included in the medical marijuana implementation measure passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

Amendment 2 prohibits patients from smoking medical marijuana in public, but the state legislature took that one step further and banned smoking marijuana altogether, including in the privacy of one’s own home.  At least five other states with comprehensive medical marijuana programs prohibit smoking cannabis.

Morgan says the amendment approved by voters implied that smoking marijuana by patients would be allowed.

“The amendment said smoking was not allowed in public places. I don’t think you have to be too much of a scholar to understand that that means it is allowed in private,” says Morgan. “I don’t know how much simpler it can be than that.”

According to the lawsuit, by passing a law banning smoking of marijuana by patients, the state legislature violated the amendment’s definition of “medical use” because lawmakers were making medical decisions on behalf of patients instead of their doctor doing so.

The lawsuit cites a 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found marijuana smoking increased lung capacity and did not impair lung function.

Morgan says he is confident his lawsuit will be successful, but if the smoking ban is allowed to stand, he’ll up the ante.

“If they piss me off too much, I’ll address the smoking issue by having a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana,” he said. “If I lose in court, I’ll go through all the marijuana people I know, it won’t take a lot of money, and we will move to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Then they’ll really be sorry they pushed me.”

Florida’s medical marijuana program is required to be operational by October.

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West Virginia’s Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect

“Welcome to West Virginia” sign along westbound U.S. Route 48 and West Virginia Route 55 east of Wardensville in Hardy County, West Virginia (Wikimedia/Famartin)

CHARLESTON, WV — West Virginia’s limited medical marijuana law officially took effect this week, although patients will not benefit from the new law for two more years.

Passed earlier this year and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice in April, Senate Bill 386, also known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, will allow seriously ill patients to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it once the program is up and running.

Qualified patients will be allowed to access cannabis-infused products, such as oils, pills and tinctures, but will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis or possess marijuana in herbal form, similar to medical marijuana programs up and running in Minnesota and New York, as well as those that are coming soon in LouisianaPennsylvania and Ohio.

Patients may qualify for medical cannabis if they have a terminal illness or if they suffer from cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, sickle cell anemia, or “severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or has proved ineffective as determined as part of continuing care.”

Once the program is operational, patients will be allowed to possess a 30-day supply of medical marijuana products, although state regulators have yet to define what constitutes a “30 day supply.”  The only types of medical cannabis allowed initially are pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquid, and non-whole plant forms for administration through vaporization.

Dispensaries will not be allowed to sell marijuana-infused edibles, but cannabis products could be mixed into food or drinks by patients themselves. Vaporization f oils) is allowed, but smoking is prohibited.

Under the new law, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health will be charged with oversight of the program, including by developing rules, inspecting medical cannabis businesses, processing applications, and issuing patient ID cards and business licenses.

The state will issue up to 10 medical cannabis grower permits, with up to two locations each, up to 10 processor permits, and no more than 30 dispensary permits.  Applicants will pay $2,500 per dispensary application and $5,000 per grower or processor application. Registration fees are $10,000 for each dispensary location and $50,000 for grower and processors.

The state is required to begin issuing patient identification cards by July 1, 2019. Patients will be charged $50 for an identification card, but the fee can be waived for those with financial hardships.

Full text of the law is available here.

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